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Pool Maintenance Doesn't Have to be Expensive

On Feb 27, 2017

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Swimming pool maintenance can be a simple routine. This will keep your pool in good condition throughout the year even when you don't use it. Regular upkeep of your pool will help you spot problems before they grow into big issues and it’s one of the keys to saving on pool maintenance costs.

Suggestions for easy maintenance include:

  • Keep pool covered when not in use
  • Brush and vacuum occasionally
  • Test for chlorine and pH levels
  • Clean skimmer basket
  • Check for leaks occasionally

The same procedures apply to spa tubs connected to pools or stand-alone tubs. 

Covers

This is your pool's first line of defense. We have discussed pool covers as the best means of controlling evaporation. This applies to enclosed pools or outdoor pools. In-ground or above ground pools are all exposed to evaporation.

Less evaporation means you do not have to fill your pool and add chemicals as frequently. A cover will also hold in the heat and protect against dirt and debris.

Cleaning

A pool that is frequently used will need cleaning. This means brushing the sides and bottom. You can use a pool vacuum when necessary. Use a skimmer net to remove floating debris. The more debris you keep out of the skimmer basket, the better.

The skimmer basket has to be checked and emptied when the pool is uncovered. Leaves, twigs and other debris can clog the suction lines. The filter system must also be checked on occasion. 

It is not difficult to clean the filter and check the chlorinator. Pool pump systems come with information on basic maintenance. Keeping the suction and return lines clear of debris helps to prevent clogs and leaks in the plumbing.

Pool maintenance also involves cleaning the tiles. Oil from swimmers' lotions and soaps can cling to tile work. A simple wipe down with special cleaning products will keep tile at the sides of the pool clean.

Fiberglass pools require less maintenance with brushing since the smooth sides do not collect dirt and debris. Concrete or gunite are more likely to have particles of dirt on the surface. Fiberglass pools usually do not support decorative tile work.

Pool Chemicals

Adding sanitizers, mainly chlorine, is a necessary part of pool maintenance. This keeps the water clean and prevents the growth of bacteria and algae. Fiberglass, gunite and vinyl pools all have different requirements for sanitizers.

Hot tub spas usually take bromine as a sanitizer. It works better in the warmer water. Checking the pH level also depends on the type of pool. Fiberglass pools require fewer chemicals since the material is synthetic. Gunite pools provide a more alkaline surface that can require extra acid to maintain the 7.4 acid-alkaline balance.

Pools with vinyl liners have their own requirements for chemicals to maintain the pH balance. 

Check for Leaks

If you notice the water level dropping in your pool or hot tub, it is time to check for leaks. Check all connections and fittings. They must be sealed tight to prevent water leakage.

Drains at the bottom the pool must also be tightly sealed. Check the surrounding grounds for leaks in the plumbing.

Contact Aquaman Leak Detection if you suspect a leak. Fixing a leak may be a simple part of swimming pool maintenance. Most leaks are easy to repair, and they will extend the life of your pool or hot tub. Aquaman serves Brevard County and 10 neighboring counties in Central Florida, as well as Houston, Texas.

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